Copyright Information

All students, faculty, and staff at Washington Adventist University are expected to comply with the copyright laws of the United States and adhere to the copyright policies of the university. This web page provides information to help students and employees understand and fulfill these obligations. It does not provide nor does it constitute legal advice about copyright.

Copyright Laws

The following links provide access to U.S. copyright laws and government information about copyright concepts and policies:

©  Copyright Law of the United States – contains the text of Title 17 of the United States Code, including the Copyright Act of 1976.

©  United States Copyright Office – administers the nation’s copyright laws and provides expert advice on copyright law and policy.

©  Copyright Circulars – provide authoritative information about copyright law concepts and U.S. Copyright Office policies and procedures.


Copyright Policies

The following links provide access to the copyright policies and copyright information statement of Washington Adventist University:

©  Washington Adventist University Copyright Policies – states the policies of the institution regarding copyright and copyright violations.

©  Copyright Information for WAU Students and Employees – explains copyright violations and the legal penalties for infringing copyrights.


Copyright Factsheets

The following links provide access to factsheets prepared by Weis Library that explain copyright concepts for employees and students:

©  Concerning Copyright #1: Copyright – provides a brief primer on subjects like copyright, copyrighted works, and copyright terms.

©  Concerning Copyright #2: Fair Use – provides a brief primer on subjects like fair use, fair use factors, and fair use fallacies.

©  Concerning Copyright #3: Public Domain – provides a brief primer on subjects like the public domain and public domain works.


Copyright E-Books

The following links provide access to e-books on copyright that contain guidance about applying copyright law in academic settings:

©  The Copyright Book: A Practical Guide – By William S. Strong. MIT Press, 2014.*

©  Copyright: Interpreting the Law for Libraries, Archives, and Information Services – By Graham P. Cornish. Facet Publishing, 2015.*

* You must be a student or employee of Washington Adventist University and possess library credentials to access these e-books.